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UNGA General Debate 2014 Continues Focus on MDGs, Post-2015 Agenda, SIDS[viewed]

As the 69th UN General Assembly's (UNGA) General Debate entered its second week, speakers continued to reflect on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and outline their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda, including gender equality and women's empowerment, peace and security, and oceans. Small island developing States (SIDS) and landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) highlighted particular challenges and vulnerabilities, with some also addressing the challenge of graduation from least developed country (LDC) status.

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Global Citizen Festival Educates on Sustainable Development Issues[viewed]

More than 60,000 people gathered in Central Park in New York, US, for the Third Annual Global Citizen Festival, to demonstrate global unity and support for ending extreme poverty by 2030. The festival featured musicians, actors and world leaders, and was broadcast around the world. It aimed to educate participants and viewers about sustainability issues including sanitation, education, and vaccine provision, while securing new commitments and partnerships for action.

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Urgency of Healthy Oceans Stressed by Experts, Officials[viewed]

At a high-level special event on ‘Healthy Oceans and Seas: Paving the Way Towards a Sustainable Development Goal,' participants addressed specific ways to conserve and promote the sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources, in relation to the proposed SDG 14. Climate change was also a strong theme of the discussion.

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UNEP, FAO Partner on Ecosystems and Food Security[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together towards improving food security through the restoration and sustainable management of ecosystems. The MoU describes a Strategic Partnership Plan and formalizes cooperation between the agencies on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in the broader context of the post-2015 development agenda.

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CSOs Provide Inputs on Post-2015[viewed]

Numerous civil society organizations have provided inputs on the post-2015 development agenda. Recent position papers and other documents react to the report of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and discuss, inter alia: climate change; gender equality; freedom of expression; financing for development; equality; means of implementation; and communication of the post-2015 development agenda.

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Meetings of the CBD and its Protocols Open in Pyeongchang[viewed]

The seventh Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Cartagena Protocol COP/MOP 7) opens today in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea. It will be followed by the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), which will run from 6-17 October 2014, also in Pyeongchang, and the first Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) (NP COP/MOP 1), which will be held during the second week of CBD COP 12, from 13-17 October 2014.

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UN General Debate Continues Addressing Post-2015 Agenda on Day 4[viewed]

At the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate, Heads of State and Government continued their discussion of the post-2015 development agenda alongside consideration of a range of other issues.

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69th General Debate Addresses Post-2015, Countries in Special Situations[viewed]

Speaking at the 69th UN General Assembly's (UNGA) General Debate, on its third day, Heads of State and Government continued highlighting their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda, including on countries in special situations. Speakers also discussed global challenges such as security, terrorism, UN reform, climate change and sustainable energy.

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CGIAR Development Dialogues Highlight Agriculture and Sustainable Development Links[viewed]

The first CGIAR Development Dialogues held in New York, US, focused on the role of agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forestry, landscapes, and food systems with regard to climate change and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting followed CGIAR's announcement at the Climate Summit 2014 to dedicate at least 60% of its annual budget to climate-smart agriculture.

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MDG Advocacy Group Urges Greater Effort, Predicting "Neither Medals Nor Rest"[viewed]

The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Advocacy Group showcased successes and urged greater efforts in the remaining 462 days to attain the MDGs, at its fifth annual meeting in New York, US. The Group convened a meeting of 300 eminent persons, and released a collection of short articles titled, ‘Accelerating Action: Global Leaders on Challenges & Opportunities for MDG Achievement.'

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